KANSAS CITY, MO – June 6, 2013 – The American Cancer Society received a gift from Overland Park-based Black & Veatch and the company’s Building a World of Difference Foundation today, celebrating the Society’s 100th birthday and its commitment to finish the fight against cancer.
During a birthday celebration Black & Veatch announced their donation of $100,000 to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a free lodging facility for cancer patients traveling to Kansas City for treatment. Black & Veatch is the first corporation in the U.S. to make a donation of this size in recognition of the anniversary celebration and will serve as the Greater Kansas City Area 100th Birthday Sponsor for 2013.
“Black & Veatch is honored to present this donation to the American Cancer Society in celebration of their 100th anniversary,” said Jim Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer of Black & Veatch. “We are pleased the donation will benefit Hope Lodge and make an impact for those struggling with cancer right here in our Greater Kansas City community.”
Their gift will provide funds for room improvements to the Hope Lodge, which has served more than 10,000 patients since its doors opened in 2001. The Lodge helps to ease the financial burden of cancer treatment, allowing patients to focus on getting well.
“Now more than ever, the American Cancer Society is committed to make this cancer’s last century,” said Randy Linduff, Vice President of Community Engagement for the American Cancer Society. “The generous donation from Black & Veatch is one that will help us save more lives from cancer by providing a clean and safe environment for patients to stay during treatment.”
The American Cancer Society and Black & Veatch invite the entire community to join them in the fight against cancer by making a donation to the American Cancer Society. For more information on the Society’s 100th birthday, visit cancer.org/fight.
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